Posted by Downtown Women's Center · April 01, 2016 10:08 PM
In honor of International Transgender Day of Visibility, the Downtown Women’s Center (DWC) affirms that trans women are an integral part of our community. As an increasing number of self-identified transgender women come through DWC’s doors seeking housing, services, and a community of support in Skid Row, we seek to advance awareness and understanding of trans women who are experiencing extreme poverty and homelessness.
The numbers of transgender people who experience homelessness and housing insecurity are startling – one in five trans individuals has experienced homelessness at some time in their lives because of discrimination and/or family rejection. And the discrimination extends to the housing market – when trying to rent or buy a home, one in five transgender people in the U.S. has been refused a home or apartment, and more than one in ten have been evicted because of their gender identity.(http://www.transequality.org/)